Change Specialist

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    4 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
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  • Category: Project Coordination and Management
  • Location: Wellington (Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara)
  • Date Advertised: 28-FEB-20
  • Job Reference: APA/1449448
  • Job Title: Change Specialist
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  • Summary:
  • Full time fixed-term role until December 2020
  • Wellington based, with national travel required
  • $91,953 – $129,816 based on relevant skills and experience

‘Kotahi anō te kaupapa, ko te oranga o te iwi’  –  ‘There is only one purpose to our work:  the wellness and wellbeing of our people.

Mō te tūnga | About the role

We’re on the search for a seasoned change specialist to play a lead role in the delivery of Making Shifts Work (MSW).  This is an important national partnership project being undertaken by the Department of Corrections alongside key industry associations, with the task of delivering new roster patterns for our frontline staff working across our 17 prisons, supported by new roster technology.  The result will see us provide better and safer working conditions to our staff, foster a more effective workplace, and overall enable more opportunity for meaningful activity to support offender rehabilitation.

Joining our established workstream and reporting to the Frontline Change Lead, you will ‘hit the ground running’ in this role to ensure that 17 prison sites have change networks established, upskilled, informed and monitored to implement and embed changes to operations, technology and rosters. You’ll work closely with and support the progress of each change network, fostering strong business relationships with Prison Directors, site Change Leads and Champions, Union Representatives and key stakeholders from our partnering associations invested in MSW. You’ll also work in close consultation with Learning & Development to identify and convey specific training requirements and supporting materials for our frontline staff, as well as contribute to the development of key communications messaging and tools to keep our stakeholders informed and included in a meaningful way.

Mōu | About you

We are looking for demonstrable experience in the successful implementation of significant change management initiatives, coupled with comprehensive knowledge of formal best practice change management processes and practices.  You are by nature a culturally competent change agent, with the ability to build functional relationships with business and technical experts from a range of disciplines, exercising influence at times to build and gain consensus.  A confident and adaptable communicator, you will be able to successfully engage with culturally diverse stakeholders, communicating complex concepts in ways that are understood easily and at ground level, overall supporting leaders, managers and all other staff to fulfil their roles as change champions.

This role requires occasional travel to our national sites.  A full NZ drivers’ licence is essential.

Further info

The salary range for this role is $91,953 – $129,816. Appointments are based on demonstrable skills and experience relevant to the role.

To apply, submit your CV and a cover letter describing how your relevant skills, experience and personal qualities will be transferable to the effective and successful delivery of Making Shifts Work. Applications close 11:00pm on Sunday 1 March.

Shortlisted applicants from outside Wellington will need to make their own accommodation and travel arrangements to interview.

Mō mātou | About us

Ara Poutama Aotearoa is a name that has been gifted to us by Iwi and conveys the responsibility we have to support and guide those in our care to reach their potential.  Our strategy, Hōkai Rangi (, provides a clear direction of travel – one that builds on the good things that are already happening, and, most importantly, how we can innovate to find new ways of doing things to achieve better outcomes for Māori, whānau and communities. 

It is an exciting time and we continue to seek out talented individuals who are committed to an inclusive, vibrant workplace. We recognise and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals, and that of the collective talent in our whānau.

For reporting and transparency, it is important that all applications are submitted through our careers site.  If you want to find out more about a career with us, visit or email our team at